7 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 2 hours

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Always be prepared. That’s the Scout motto right? Well, it’s the mom motto too. It’s why we keep cheerios in the glove box, diapers in the trunk, and a quiet book in the purse. It’s how we stay sane in the unpredictable world of parenting. We know things don’t always go as planned, and we work as hard as we can to keep our family’s together. Sure, chaos is always in the wings waiting to take over, but with preparation, we keep it at bay. Like I said, it’s how we stay sane.

Today, as a family, we prepared 7 Slow Cooker Freezer meals for when the baby is born. It only took us one hour, but I put 2 hours in the title because not everyone will have helping hands when they undertake freezer meals. My sweet hubby was right with me, chopping vegetables, and sorting chicken. That man is amazing!

Before I even get to my list of meals and ingredients I need to give some link love. I got LOTS of inspiration from Six Sisters’ freezer meal post as well as Melea’s awesome freezer meal post at Freebies2Deals. Several of my recipes are just variations of theirs, so please, check out these ladies posts as you choose meals that will work for your families. They have a lot of different recipes and they’re all awesome.

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Some tips and tricks I learned:

How to do this Cheap –

1) Watch for sales before you start cooking – Most of my meals were based on chicken so I watched and then price matched to get a killer price on chicken breast.

2) Try a food co-op for your veggies – part of how I was able to do this so inexpensively was because I ordered a $15 basket plus an $8 veggie pack from bountiful baskets and then adjusted recipes to fit the veggies I got in my basket.

3) Price Match – I price matched the remaining ingredients using www.grocerysmarts.com. This site shows all the sales in your state, ordered by grocery store. This is especially good for me right now, because I don’t know what’s a good price in Arizona yet. The site also shows you what coupons you can use for various items. Just CTRL + F and search for your ingredients until you find the best price. Then buy it all at a grocery store that price matches in order to save time.

Seriously, when I did the math it came to about $55 total. That’s $7.80 per meal, which is $1.90 per person if each meal feeds 4 people. Isn’t that so much better than feeding your family greasy five dollar pizza’s? Not that that won’t happen at all after the baby is born, but it won’t be nearly as often!

How to do this efficiently –

4) Make sure to squeeze all the air out of your bags, do this by zipping it almost all the way closed, rolling the bag towards the seal so the air is forced out, and then zipping the rest of the way – this will ensure that the meals don’t get frost bite. After you’ve squeezed out the air is the best time to flatten the bag as much as possible.

5) Clear a space in your freezer, flatten out your meals, and stack them up – you’ll be able to fit a lot in a small space.

6) Use a permanent marker to write down the meal and the cooking directions on each bag before filling the bags up.

7) Put the raw meat in first, wash your hands and counters, then systematically go through and fill each bag one at a time.

How to do this deliciously –

8) I gave directions for cooking on high and low, but when you can, plan ahead and cook your meals on low. Everything tastes better that way!

9) When you can, let the meals thaw out the night before you plan to cook them. They will still taste good if you don’t, but I don’t think they taste quite as fresh, plus you’ll need to add an hour or two cook time if they start out frozen.

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Here’s my recipe list. These should feed four adults. We only have two adults and a toddler, but we easily make two meals out of each. Some of the meals are better served with sides like rice or boiled potatoes.

Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients:

2 – 3 chicken breasts

1 jar/can spaghetti sauce

1 mexican squash (the same as one zucchini), chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 yellow onion, chopped

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and mix it up. Freeze it.

When you’re ready, take it out of the freezer and thaw it for a day. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Serve with spaghetti noodles and garnish with olives and parmesan cheese.

Maple Glazed Chicken

Ingredients:

2 – 3 chicken breasts

1 cup mustard

½ tsp. crushed black pepper

1 t. tabasco sauce

1/2 large leek (chopped) (or just half an onion)

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Directions: 
Place all ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and mix it up. Freeze it.

When you’re ready, take it out of the freezer and thaw it for a day. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Serve – I would suggest serving this one with boiled parsley potatoes. Yum!

Lime Chicken w/ Corn and Black Beans

Ingredients:

2 – 3  chicken breasts

2 limes juiced

½  bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn

2 minced garlic cloves

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

2 sliced tomatoes

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 tsp cumin

1 T chili powder

Directions: 

Place all ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and mix it up. Freeze it.

When you’re ready, take it out of the freezer and thaw it for a day. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Serve with tortillas and top with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese

Girly Stew/ Chicken and dumplings

Ingredients:

2 – 3 chicken breasts

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

½ yellow onion chopped

½ c. celery chopped

1 large carrot – chopped

½ c. chicken broth

Refrigerator biscuits

Directions:

Place all ingredients (except biscuits) in a gallon-sized freezer bag and mix it up. Freeze it.

When you’re ready, take it out of the freezer and thaw it for a day. Cook on high for 4 hours, put biscuits on top and cook another thirty minutes or until dough is no longer raw in the center.

African Peanut Stew

Ingredients:

Part One

1 T. olive oil

½ c. chopped carrot

2 minced garlic cloves

2 T ginger

1 T curry powder

1 – 1/2 cans chicken broth

3 sweet potatoes

¼ c. peanut butter

1 yellow onion

Part Two

1 bag baby spinach

2 diced tomatoes

½ c chopped celery

1 bell pepper

1/2 bunch fresh cilantro

Directions:

Place Part one ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and mix it up. Place Part two ingredients in a separate gallon-sized freezer bag and mix it up. Freeze both bags.

When you’re ready, take it out of the freezer and thaw it for a day. Cook Part one ingredients on high for two hours. Add Part two ingredients and cook on high for an additional hour. Serve over rice.

Teriyaki Chicken 

Ingredients:

2- 3 Chicken Breasts

1 large carrot (chopped)

1/2  Large Leek (or yellow onion) chopped

(1) 20 oz can pineapple (undrained)

1 minced garlic clove

1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce

Directions:

Place all ingredients (except Teriyaki Sauce) in a gallon-sized freezer bag and mix it up. Freeze it.

Add 1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce right before cooking. . Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Peanut Orange Chicken

Ingredients:

2 -3 chicken breasts

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

3 Tbl. ketchup

1/2  can of frozen orange juice concentrate

4 Tbl.  brown sugar

2 T soy sauce

½ cup chopped peanuts

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag and mix it up. Freeze it.

When you’re ready, take it out of the freezer and thaw it for a day. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Serve over rice and veggies

Now that you have the recipe’s, here’s a convenient list of ingredients for shopping purposes. * Ingredient came from Bountiful Baskets ** I already had the ingredient on hand and didn’t count it into my costs. Almost every item has an asterisk next to it and I still had enough fruits and veggies leftover to fill my fridge.

Ingredient List

10 – 15 Chicken breasts (10 if you plan on using two breasts per chicken meal, 15 if you plan on using 3. I only used two. With how big chicken breasts are these days I normally feed the three of us with one breast per meal and still have enough for leftovers. I like to follow the deck of cards serving size for meat thing… but that was a long rant for one ingredient so let’s keep going…)

1 jar/ can spaghetti sauce

1 mexican squash (or zucchini)*

2 bell peppers*

4 medium onions (or giant leaks) or a combination of both*

1 cup mustard**

Salt and pepper**

Tabasco sauce**

Apple cider vinegar**

2 limes*

1 bunch of fresh cilantro*

1 bag frozen corn**

5 cloves of garlic*

4 tomatoes*

1 can black beans

Cumin**

Celery*

3 large carrots*

3 cans chicken broth**

3 sweet potatoes

Teriyaki Sauce

Ketchup**

Brown Sugar**

Orange juice from concentrate

Soy Sauce**

Chopped peanuts

 

 

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    My family loved these! Thanks especially on the tips for making it cheap. I love how affordable it was.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I made several of these a few weeks ago and they’ve been my go to Wednesday dinner. Last week we had the peanut orange chicken and last night we had the teriyaki. In both cases they turned out very bitter. It was like the fruit part of these went bad during the cooking process. Suggestions?

    • garlic can cause bitterness when frozen. But it doesn’t happen everytime nor does the same bottle (I buy the minced garlic- not fresh) cause the same flavors. I’ve done a lot of freezer cooking and I leave out all spices/seasonings until I prepare it. HTH

      • Thanks for the comment Mindy that’s a great suggestion, I didn’t know that. I always buy my garlic fresh so perhaps that’s why I’ve never had that problem.

  3. I’ve never had that happen! Is it possible that they were cooked a little too long and there were some burnt bitter parts from the bottom? I’ve also heard cases where the seal on the crock pot was coming lose and the melting rubber left a bitter taste. A solution could be to use a crock pot liner? I’m afraid I haven’t been overly helpful, sorry. If anyone else wants to chime in here – please do!

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  5. rachel Edwards says:

    do you leave the chicken breasts whole could you sub breast for thigh ??

    • Hi Rachel,
      Thanks for commenting! Yes, when slow cooking it is best to leave the breasts whole, otherwise it tends to overcook, and yes you can substitute breast for thigh, just remember that if you ever slow cook something with bone in it don’t overcook it. The bones can actually cook into the meat which would be disastrous to say the least. When I say overcook it I mean longer than 8 hours.

  6. What do the 1 * and 2 ** mean in the ingredients list?

  7. * Ingredient came from Bountiful Baskets ** I already had the ingredient on hand and didn’t count it into my costs. Almost every item has an asterisk next to it and I still had enough fruits and veggies leftover to fill my fridge.

  8. Hi thank you for this information. I was wondering do you add any liquid to any of these I know you didn’t list it? I want to try a few of these

  9. Hi There! What kind of mustard do you use in the Maple Glazed a Chicken recipe? Thx so much looking forward to making a couple of these this coming week!

    • Hi Marissa! Thanks for the comment :) I use whatever mustard I have on hand. Last time I made this I was craving dijon, but I didn’t have any, so I just used plain mustard with some spices thrown in.

  10. I’ve never made freezer meals before and some recipes have you cook the meat first. Your recipes do not state that so is it safe to assume no? Sorry, new to this.

  11. So excited to try these meals! I love doing slow cooker meals in the winter because that is when my pain levels are at their highest. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this post and sharing it with us!

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  13. I love these recipes! Easy AND healthy, that seems to be rare nowadays…

  14. Do you think frozen chicken breasts are ok? I saw another freezer meal blog post that uses frozen breasts…I’m wondering if I can use those here.
    Thanks

    • Absolutely! I always use fresh because they are generally cheaper, but I see no reason why frozen wouldn’t work. After all, you’re going to freeze everything in the end anyway.

  15. I just completed my first meal prep.so excited to have 7 meals in the freezer.
    Looking forward to having new go to recipes. thank you so much.
    jeanne

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